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The Weekly Power Rankings: Does Internet Porn Know You're Cheating on It? Edition

By Dustin Rowles | TV | April 4, 2011 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | TV | April 4, 2011 |


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10. United States of Tara: This season it looks like all the alters are going to come out and play at once. It's a decent show, but it never really grabs me until near the end of each season. At least Patton Oswalt looks to be a bigger part of season three.

9. Traffic Light: This show has seriously grown on me over the course of the season, and most of that reason is because of the show's female characters, who are smart without being shrill, and usually funnier than the dudes. They also wear the pants in their respective relationships, but in an honest way that I can understand: Because they should be.

8. Lights Out: The penultimate episode, now of the series, felt a little bittersweet knowing that the show is not coming back for a second season, but this episode again felt like it was introducing another story -- here, the cash-grabbing mother -- for the sake of stretching out a boxing series another episode. Next week, we will finally get to see some boxing.

7. The Good Wife: I didn't love the main storyline this week -- the killer trying to profit from a song about his victim -- but, as always, Kalinda is the best part of this show. It looked like her and Peter might avert that affair crisis for a moment, but from the looks of scenes from next week's episode, that's going to blow up all over the place.

6. Top Chef: Richard Blais finally got what he deserved in his original season, only it's a little sweeter here given the competition and the degree of difficulty. Behind Casey, he's my second favorite all-time "Top Chef" contestant, and it was nice to see him earn that title.

5. Parenthood: I really love this family. They bicker, they fight, and yet, they always manage by the end to say the right thing. Except for Crosby. He never says the right thing. But Jasmine: Don't you fuck that relationship up. He's a good father. Take him back. And Amber! What were you thinking applying to only one safety school? Come on, you're smarter than that.

4. Archer: I can't believe I only starting watching this last week. Why didn't you guys tell me? You should have came over to my house and sat on me until I submitted. This week's episode was goddamn hilarious. I now love Judy Greer even more. And instead of adding "Archer" quotes to the NBC's Thursday Night comedy, this show really does deserve its own quote post, if only it had more viewers. Now, the key is to get more of our readers to watch it without forcing it on them.

3. The Borgias: Great pilot episode, and while I expect it to be a regular in the Power Rankings, I have my doubts that it'll appear this high again. Read the full-length review.

2. The Killing: I thought for sure that "The Borgais" would be the best new show I saw last week, but then I watched "The Killing." This gets the nod only because it's closer to my personal wheelhouse. Read the full-length review.

1. Justified: They finally had a great episode that combined all that's fantastic about this season of "Justified": Raylan Givens, Boyd Crowder, and Mags Bennett got their time, and it's clear now that Bennett is going go force Givens and Crowder to work as allies. What's more disconcerting, however, is that -- at least the coal mining is concerned -- it feels like Mags is in the right. It's tough to argue against that fantastic speech she gave.


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